EASTON — An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission board approved an order at the end of October for a reduction in the striped bass harvest, with slightly less of a reduction for Bay fisheries than coastal ones.
For Bay commercial fishermen, the ASMFC ordered a 20.5 percent reduction in 2012 harvest levels, since the fishery was reduced by 14 percent in 2013.
Bay recreational fishermen will also see a 20.5 percent reduction in 2012 harvest levels. It will maintain a two-fish catch, but at a 20-inch minimum, up from 18 inches, and one of the two fish must be above 28 inches.
Coastal commercial fisheries are reduced by 25 percent from 2013 harvest levels. Coastal anglers will see that 25 percent reduction in the form of fish and size limits.
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